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Charlotte, North Carolina (never sent) |
Fort Meade, Florida (4/9/20, 4/6/2021)
Fort Meade started out in 1849 and is about 90 miles southwest of Orlando in rural central Florida. It is surrounded by lakes and waterways, and its nearby Fort Meade Outdoor Recreation Area is a favorite launching area for kayakers and canoers.
High Springs, Florida (April/May 2020), (5/20/2021) |
High Springs is a nice little country town outside of Gainesville in north central Florida and sits along the Santa Fe River. The downtown is small but inviting, and tourists wander into town thanks to nearby, soothing Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park, a popular spot for canoeing, camping and cave diving.
Temple Terrace, Florida (4/22/20) |
Statesboro, Georgia (4/12/20, 4/13/2021) |
Statesboro is in eastern Georgia, about an hour from the coast (Savannah and Tybee Island), and is home to Georgia Southern University (GSU). Residents enjoy a botanic garden, a symphony, a fun market district and Saturday afternoon football games.
Louisville, Kentucky (April, 2020, 4/23/2021)
Louisville is Kentucky's largest city and is known as "Bourbon City" thanks to its production of one third of America's bourbon. The city is also known for its many festivals and events, including the Kentucky Derby.
Fulton, Missouri (4/15/20, 4/26/2021) |
Fulton is in rolling east central Missouri and has been named one of the "10 Coolest Small Towns in America." The charming downtown Brick District has red brick streets and nearly 60 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Asheboro, North Carolina (4/27/20), (5/3/2021) |
Asheboro is in the heart of the Uwharrie Mountains in the middle of North Carolina and is home to the North Carolina Zoo, the largest natural habitat facility in the world. More than 700,000 people visit the zoo each year, giving Asheboro a touristy vibe.
Alexander City, Alabama (5/27/20), (4/29/2021) |
Alexander City sits on the shores of sprawling 44,000-acre Lake Martin in east central Alabama and is popular with people seeking year-round lake and river recreation. Tourists wander into town on their way to the lake but also for Sho'Nuff Bar-B-Que's legendary catfish, stews and shrimp dishes.
Arcadia, Florida (5/4/2021, 7/29/2021)
A quiet town in southwestern Florida, Arcadia is in a region known for its Florida Cracker (cowboy) culture. Tourists wander into town for its antique stores, rodeos and annual watermelon festival. The nearby Peace River is a perfect spot for canoeing, kayaking and camping.
Green Cove Springs, Florida (5/15/2020), (5/8/2021) |
Soothing Green Cove Springs sits along a bend in the St. Johns River in rural northeastern Florida and got its name from its always-green trees, quiet cove and the area's natural springs, once thought to be the original Fountain of Youth.
Frankfort, Kentucky (5/29/20), (5/24/2021) |
Frankfort sits on either side the Kentucky River in Kentucky's lush Bluegrass Region and is the birthplace of the famous bourbon ball, a bite-sized candy made with bourbon whiskey and dark chocolate. The inviting downtown is lined with quaint candy stores, bookstores, galleries, bakeries and more. Some streets are paved with red bricks.
Tellico Plains, Tennessee (5/21/2020), (5/12/2021)
Little Tellico Plains sits where the Tellico River leaves the higher peaks of the Appalachians for its lower ridges and valleys in pretty southeastern Tennessee. The Cherokee National Forest and Great Smoky Mountain National Park, just down the road, are prefect places for outdoor adventure.
Mount Vernon, Iowa (5/28/2021)
In rolling eastern Iowa, friendly Mount Vernon sits atop a wooded hill and has been called one of America's "coolest small towns." It is also the home of beautiful Cornell College. Locals enjoy a fun farmers' market, a Chalk the Walk, an arts festival, a downtown with vintage storefronts and nearby lake recreation.
North Augusta, South Carolina (6/3/2020), (6/14/2021)
North Augusta sits on the northern shore of the Savannah River in western South Carolina. It is across the water from Augusta, Georgia, home to the annual Masters Golf Tournament and has a beautiful arts center, popular festivals, a lovely greenway trail and more.
Crawfordville, Florida (6/15/2020) |
South Pittsburg, Tennessee (6/17/2020, 7/19,2021)
Nestled on the banks of the Tennessee River in East Tennessee's pretty Sequatchie Valley, South Pittsburg is known as "The Tidiest Town in Tennessee" and is home the National Cornbread Festival. Locals enjoy fishing and canoeing on the river, and the nearby hills are perfect for hiking.
Clewiston, Florida (6/22/2020), (6/4/2021)
Clewiston sits on the southwest bank of vast Lake Okeechobee, the largest freshwater lake in Florida, and is about 90 minutes from both the Atlantic Coast and the Gulf Coast. It is is known as "America's Sweetest Town," and its annual Sugar Festival draws attendees from across Florida.
Pinellas Park, Florida (6/27/2020) |
Harrisonburg, Virginia (6/30/2020), (6/11/2021)
Harrisonburg sits in north central Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley. The walkable 40-block downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is dotted with museums, art galleries, bookstores, street paintings and restaurants offering international menus.
Freeport, Texas (7/4/2020), (6/22/2021)
Freeport is a seaport on Texas' Gulf Coast and is an outdoorsy, laid back place. The main draws are the three nearby wildlife refuges and Bryan Beach, a three mile strip of sand in its natural, unspoiled state.
Elloree, South Carolina (8/26/2020)
Historic, safe Elloree is nestled in central South Carolina, about an hour south of Columbia, and it has been cited by national publications as an example of small town revitalization done right.
Gulfport, Mississippi (8/30/20)
Gulfport is a working seaport on Mississippi's mid-coast. Thanks to its seven miles of white sand beaches and the popular Island View Casino Resort, it is also a tourism destination.
Live Oak, Florida (9/3/20)
Live Oak sits between Tallahasse and Jacksonville in northern Florida. Visitors come to canoe and hike at Suwannee River State Park, where the blackwater Suwannee River runs wild and a 19th-century steamship and two ghost towns hold a bounty of historical secrets.
Rogersville, Tennessee (9/8/20)
First settled in 1775, Rogersville is steeped in history. It is in eastern Tennessee and was founded by the grandparents of frontiersman Davy Crockett. Its post-Colonial downtown is compact, charming and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Dotted with galleries, breweries, eateries and shops, it is popular with tourists.
Due West, South Carolina (9/17/20)
Due West is tucked in the Upcountry of South Carolina, an area rich in Revolutionary War and Civil War history. A quaint little college town, Due West takes its name from an old trading post and today has a beautiful arts center, leafy neighborhoods and historic homes.
Easley, South Carolina (5/16/2021)
Easygoing Easley is nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in lush Upstate (northwestern) South Carolina. It has a country atmosphere, a nicely maintained downtown with brick buildings and some fun events.
Las Cruces, New Mexico (5/31/2021)
Las Cruces sits in a fertile, high altitude valley in southern New Mexico, a region once home to Spanish explorers, Mexican revolutionaries, Native Americans and wanted outlaws, including Billy the Kid. Today, the city is home to New Mexico State University and boasts museums, fun festivals, a symphony orchestra, nearby outdoor recreation and more.
Temple, Texas (6/7/2021)
Known as the Wildflower Capital of Texas, Temple is outside of Austin in central Texas and sits next to beautiful Belton Lake. The adjacent green prairie bursts with color in the spring and summer, and the lake is popular with boaters, jet skiers and fishermen.
Pooler, Georgia (6/17/2021 and 2nd second send 7/21/2021)
Pooler is about 12 miles inland from the northern Georgia shoreline. Quiet and safe, it is also within a few miles of historic downtown Savannah, Hilton Head Island and beautiful Tybee Island beaches.
Hickory, North Carolina (6/26/2021)
Hickory sits along beautiful Lake Hickory in lush western North Carolina. Charming Union Square boasts colorful brick buildings with wine shops and eateries. Locals enjoy art celebrations, craft beer festivals and summer theater performances. The lake is lined with homes.
Decorah, Iowa (6/28/21)
Settled by Norwegian immigrants, Decorah sits along the Upper Iowa River in a region characterized by tall bluffs, deep river valleys and forested ridges. It has been called America's ideal town and has a small liberal arts college, fun cultural events and a nice downtown. Outdoor adventure is just around the corner.
Lake Alfred, Florida (7/1/2021 and 7/15/2021 2nd second send)
Lake Alfred is in central Florida and has a leafy, country quality. Locals enjoy fishing and boating on the five named lakes in and around town. The small downtown boasts locally owned eateries, gift stores and antique shops.
Mauldin, South Carolina (7/3/2021)
Mauldin sits in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains in upstate South Carolina. Named one of the best places to live by Money Magazine, it is undergoing a major revitalization with plans to become an urban village. Scenic Lake Conestee Nature Park is just five miles down the road.
Sierra Vista, Arizona (7/6/2021 and 2nd 2nd send 7/24/2021)
Surrounded by mountains in southeastern Arizona, Sierra Vista is known as the "Hummingbird Capital of the World." Bird watchers, outdoor adventurers and "snowbirds" all come to visit. Residents enjoy a ballet, a symphony and concerts in the park. Evening skies, clear and shimmering, stretch as far as the eye can see.
Ellijay, Georgia (7/10/2021)
In the rolling Appalachian foothills of North Georgia, the friendly little town of Ellijay makes its home. It is known as the "Apple Capital of Georgia" and is dotted with wineries and antique stores. Some say it is a quaint little drinking town with an antique problem.
Lander, Wyoming (7/13/2021)
South of the Wind River Indian Reservation and near the beautiful Wind River Mountain Range in rugged western Wyoming, Lander is a stopping point for outdoor adventurers and is home to the National Outdoor Leadership School. Many shops and nearly all eateries have a Western theme.
Kilmarnock, Virginia (7/17/2021)
Between the Rappahannock River and the Chesapeake Bay on Virginia's mid-coast, historic Kilmarnock has a charming downtown, cute shops, wineries, an art league, a music festival and more. Nearby Belle Isle State Park includes tidal wetlands and seven miles of shoreline.
Carolina Shores, North Carolina (7/23/2021)
Carolina Shores sits about six miles inland from the southern North Carolina shore and is mostly residential with a handful of master planned communities. Plenty of amenities, white sand beaches and turtle talks are just down the road.
Starkville, Mississippi (8/3/2021)
Starkville sits in northeastern Mississippi and is home to Mississippi State University, giving the town a youthful, academic vibe. Cultural amenities are in good supply, as are university athletic games. Oktibbeha County Lake is open for fishing, boating and camping.
Wichita Falls, Texas (8/7/2021)
Next to the Wichita River in northwestern Texas' Red River Valley, Wichita Falls is a pleasant, unpretentious place. Locals enjoy a riverwalk, extensive walking trails, a popular farmers' market and performances in the beautiful Kemp Center for the Arts. Nearby 16,000-acre Lake Arrowhead is the spot for camping, hiking and boating.
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